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Obama, the Sultan of Sob Stories

Slide1Originally posted at American Thinker

In order to advance his agenda, Barack Obama has become the sultan of sob stories.  For every unpopular policy he endeavors to impose, the president has busloads of individuals to fit every occasion.

Take for instance the president’s enthusiastic desire to curtail Second Amendment rights.  To address that issue, he has mentioned and put on display shooting survivor and former Arizona congresswoman Gabby “deserves a vote” Giffords many times.

Mr. Obama has spoken at prayer memorials, exploited the grieving families of the Sandy Hook victims, and given seats of honor at the State of the Union speech to slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton’s parents, Cleo and Nat.  The president has read letters from terrified albeit amazingly articulate schoolchildren convinced that without drastic gun control measures they’ll be gunned down in school, and even went so far as to assume symbolic parenthood of shooting victim Trayvon Martin.

For immigration reform, we now know all about DREAM actors, those fresh-faced illegal immigrants that any American would be proud to see marry their son or daughter. In addition, we’ve heard stories about innocent Latinos just trying to buy ice cream cones for their children being harassed for their “papers” by mean xenophobes in Arizona.

On the subject of government-funded contraception, after she gave a lengthy breakdown of her yearly birth control expenses and shared harrowing stories of polycystic ovary syndrome, America was subjected to President Obama’s publicity stunt/conference call to comfort the maligned Sandra Fluke.

On healthcare reform, Barack Obama would be wise to make short work of the “life-or-death stuff” by hosting a Jerry Lewis-style telethon.  Then, in hopes of convincing America to submit to further government control out of pure guilt, Obama can sponsor a procession of heartrending tales ranging from multiple sclerosis to brain tumors.

Barack Obama abusing stories of hardship has reduced the leader of the free world into a kind of carnival barker whose masterful art of psychological manipulation involves showcasing the maladies of suffering people as if they were sideshow freaks.

Now, as the government shutdown drags on, the White House is falling back on that old standby: marshaling groups of people adversely affected by it.

Posted on the White House blog, acting Director of Digital Strategy for the Obama administration, Nathaniel Lubin, asked the following question: “How has the government shutdown affected you?  Share your story.”

But veterans in wheelchairs attempting to access the WWII Memorial only to find gates reinforced with chicken wire need not bother to register a complaint.

For everyone else, although the White House website is closed for business “Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government,” the White House blog will remain open in order to trawl for sob stories to be used as an emotional billy club to beat the Republican leadership into political submission.

By searching far and wide, it’s likely Democrats will be able to dig up stories of bawling children, desperate mothers, and demoralized federal workers cracking open their kid’s piggy banks to feed the family.  If that doesn’t work, there’s always people infected by rotaviruses because the CDC has furloughed researchers, as well as all manner of horrific examples of how a government shutdown has affected those that Barack Obama – the one who orchestrated it – is purposely attempting to make miserable.

And so, as the government shutdown drags on, and especially if John Boehner and Co. continue to listen to the wishes of the American people, expect to see catastrophic calamities as a backdrop for every statement Barack Obama makes in his typical efforts to blame a situation he caused on the Republicans.

There’s No ‘Excuse’ for the Gang of Eight

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Announce Major Agreement On Immigration ReformOriginally posted at American Thinker blog

Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Candy Crowley of CNN’s State of the Union Sunday show hosted one quarter of the Gang of Eight: Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the always charming and alluring Democrat from New York, Charles ‘Chucky’ Schumer.  Other gang members like Bob ‘Dominican Republic’ Menendez (D-NJ) were missing from the panel.

During the immigration segment, Crowley asked how Tamerlan Tsarnaev being a permanent resident and Dzhokhar a naturalized citizen impacted the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill, saying,  “Do you see anything in the legal immigration system that you now want to go back and say we need to fix this or that and include it in our bill, Senator Graham, you first?”

Sharing a split screen with Schumer, Graham responded by saying he wants to know how, after Tamerlan was “identified as a potential terrorist,” the FBI “dropped the ball.”  Then Graham came up with a brilliant suggestion for something that the House and Senate should have done a decade ago but didn’t when he said, “I think now is the time to bring all the 11 million out of the shadows and find out who they are.”

No offense to Mr. Graham, but it’s hard to imagine that almost 12 years after 9/11 a United States senator would suggest that now is the time to find out more about the millions of people living here illegally.

It gets better.  After admitting that he didn’t know who they are or where they’re hiding out, Sen. Graham then suggested that he does know “Most of them are here to work, but…”

But, like the two Chechens who just blew up 180 people in Boston, killing three and dismembering at least 14, Lindsey believes that “[we] may find some terrorists in our midst who have been hiding in the shadows.”

This might be a dumb question but, despite being offered amnesty, is it possible that illegals with nefarious intentions might want to maintain anonymity?

Moving right along, Lindsey Graham then said something about 9/11 he must have thought we didn’t know: “The 19 hijackers were all students who overstayed their visas and the system didn’t capture that.” By proudly stating that eight senators finally figured out how to track individuals who shouldn’t be here, the senator might not have realized it but, he was also confessing that for eleven years the Senate did nothing about those they knew were plotting against us.

Senator Graham’s final contribution was to slowly point out that “What happened in Boston and international terrorism … should urge us to act quicker, not slower.”

Next up was the shameless opportunist from New York, Senator Charles Schumer. Schumer said, “I agree with Lindsey.” Sorry, but anyone agreeing with Lindsey Graham or Chuck Schumer, even if it’s Lindsey and Chuck doing the agreeing, is downright scary.   What’s even scarier is Chuck Schumer smiling and nodding his head in agreement with Republican Gang of Eight member Marco Rubio.  That right there is a sure sign that Mr. Rubio is wading into dangerous territory.

As if anyone could stop him, Schumer, a man notorious for never shutting up, requested permission to “say a couple of things.” Chuck insisted that the Gang of Eight bill, which is being criticized for many things, one of which is failing to recognize illegal LGBT families whose heart’s desire is to come out as both gay and illegal, “toughens things up.”

Schumer also pledged that, unless their last name is Tsarnaev, “Illegal immigrants with serious criminal backgrounds or those who pose a threat to national security will not be able to attain [legal] status.” Split-screen Schumer then said, “And in fact asylum, which the Tsarnaev family came here on, was greatly toughened up a few years after. They might not have gotten asylum under the present law.” Chucky apparently felt that saying “Might not have” was comforting to the Boston bombing victims as well as a reassurance to the general public.

Then, as if it were possible, Schumer made a statement more stunning than Amnesty Grahamnesty, admitting that after 9/11, Ft. Hood and Boston, and after 40 attempted-but-failed terrorist attacks, it’s high time America got serious about finding out who’s here.

Hard-left liberal Chucky, without one flicker of embarrassment, actually said “There are some… hard right, some otherwise, who oppose our immigration bill from the get- go, and they’re using [Boston] as an excuse.”

After two immigrants blew up 180 people at a marathon, Senator Schumer is accusing quick-fix immigration opponents of using tragedy as an “excuse?”  And über-journalist CNN Candy and obviously not “on the hard right” Lindsey sat idly by and let ‘log in his eye’ Schumer accuse political opponents of making “excuses?”

Isn’t Chucky a representative of a political party that is using bereaved family members of the Newtown shooting as an excuse to try to weaken the Second Amendment? Wasn’t it Chuck Schumer who suggested in December on Face the Nation that what happened in Newtown was a “tipping point” and that because children were involved, gun-control advocates may be able to “get something done?”

Excuse-maker Schumer warned:  “[w]e’re not going to let them use what happened in Boston as an excuse because our law toughens things up.” What that means is that Chuck isn’t going to allow anyone other than the master of excuse exploitation, Barack Obama, use catastrophe as a pretext to push unpopular policy.

By utilizing weak excuses to accomplish a punch list of progressive political goals, lefty politicians are now accusing others of using “excuses,” and they do it while Schumer and his excuse-making liberal cohorts whittle away at our Constitutional liberties.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon the American people to impede Democrats and “some otherwise” (like the RINO sharing the split screen with Chuck Schumer) from bamboozling us into allowing their quest for power to destroy this nation.

Time for a Conservative Whine Session?

Originally postsed at American Thinker 

In their attempts to guilt America into submission, liberals are famous for giving face time to the unfortunate victims of Republican resistance to liberal policies.  For example, in the Obama gallery at the State of the Union, we’ve had our heartstrings pulled by people who claim to have been forced to pay for their children’s college education with a credit card and a young Recovery Act couple with a story of how their hopes for an organic ice cream shop were nearly dashed for lack of a benevolent lender.

There was a man without health care coverage who had brain cancer, as well as a cameo appearance from Warren Buffet’s $200K+-a-year salaried secretary who supposedly pays higher taxes than her billionaire boss.  While proposing an increase in Tricare premiums, the left has feigned outrage over military families on food stamps and attempted to gain sympathy for children of lawbreaking illegals by invoking “dreams” of an American taxpayer-bestowed college education.

More recently, the nation has been chastised, compliments of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, by a radical feminist disguised as a concerned law student seeking free contraceptives.

That particular whine session included impressive references to endometriosis and unreported rape, polycystic ovarian syndrome, a massive cyst the size of a “tennis ball,” a partial hysterectomy leading to menopausal symptoms and infertility — all conditions that they believe could have resulted, in one way or another, because Jesuit priests are opposed to birth control.

Over the years, there’s never been a shortage of tear-jerking scenarios to goad America toward a liberal world vision.  But all this time, what the left conveniently avoided was to give equal time to the casualties of policies they’ve forced the nation to swallow in the name of fairness, diversity, and world unity.

Maybe it’s time for that to change.  In fact, now that the topic of birth control is hot, it’s also time that a couple of congressional panels feature women with breast or liver cancer resulting from the same contraceptives the government is presently pushing like candy on American women.

If victimization is so powerful, why haven’t liberals made post-abortion stress syndrome a cause?  We’ve heard from women who have suffered for lack of access to free contraception, but where are the women who suffer a lifetime of self-hatred for submitting themselves and their unborn children to liberal-funded abortions?  Why not make room in the “unfortunates” section of the State of the Union gallery, next to Michelle Obama, for women maimed and rendered infertile in “safe, legal, and rare” abortion clinics?

Moreover, why don’t Democrat pioneers of free love and uninhibited sex have a follow-up Fluke panel and call on a couple of contraception-demanding women who suffer from the human papilloma virus or genital warts, both of which result from multiple sex partners?

Furthermore, it’s obvious that Sandra Fluke is not the only daughter with proud parents.  How about giving voice to the mother who found out at a morgue that her dead 13-year-old daughter had been escorted to an abortion clinic without her knowledge?

Having already dealt with the sex issue, what would also be fitting is an affirmative-action gripe session for NYC firemen who, after scoring high on the civil service test, were denied jobs.  Or better yet, why not invite well-qualified minority men and women to testify about how humiliating it is to be viewed as unable to achieve success without the assistance of quotas?

While we’re at it, let’s also hear from families of the fallen soldiers who lost their lives after Barack Obama apologized for U.S. servicemen who may have been following Islamic protocol when burning a desecrated Koran.  Then we can spend some time listening to the thirty soldiers who were wounded at Ft. Hood who, much like Sandra Fluke, probably have a lot to say.  They can come to Capitol Hill and share how, thanks to the American military’s acquiescence to politically correct diversity politics, thirteen of their colleagues were gunned down in cold blood.

Why not have small businessmen, bankers or CEOs of private companies occupy Sandra Fluke’s seat for a spell?  Achievers from every walk of life can share how, after working hard to be successful, the thanks they get is a sullied reputation and unwarranted harassment from envious individuals who’ve grabbed hold of the class warfare bone tossed by Obama to the rabid portion of the 99%.

Heading south, a nice change of pace would also be to have some of the individuals who, while Janet Napolitano was busy confiscating hairdryers, lost loved ones on the border.

How about a few words from missionary Sam Davis, whose wife Nancy was shot and killed by cartel gunmen, quite possibly with a weapon acquired from Obama’s Department of Justice?  After Sam, the parents of Jamie Zapata and Brian Terry could lean into the microphone and tell a Congressional committee about the pain and heartache they’ve endured since murderous “Fast and Furious” Mexican thugs gunned down their sons.

In order to participate in safe recreational sex, a “poised,” articulate young law student like Sandra Fluke certainly shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for contraceptives.  With that in mind, why not sponsor a Worried Congressional Panel, where nervous Americans from every walk of life can share with government representatives all manner of fear and anxiety?

Appearing on the roster can be unemployed Americans worried about the economy.  Also represented could be Americans worried about terrorism, diminished national security, deep military cuts, and Barack Obama’s continued coddling of the soon-to-be-nuclear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Lest we forget, there are the gasoline-or-groceries and plunging-headlong-into-tyranny worriers.  Also in attendance could be First- and Second-Amendment fretters.  And of course those who agonize endlessly about Obama’s anti-life agenda taking over life-and-death health care decisions, not to mention the threat of his re-election.

With that said, maybe it’s high time Republicans follow the lead of Democrats and organize a series of grievance panels of their own.  They could style them after the liberal litanies that feature tragedy, hardship, and privation, but instead conservatives would host the gatherings so that those permanently scarred by the left’s policies can elbow the Sandra Flukes of the world out of the way and finally register a valid complaint.

State of the Union Smoking Seminar

Watching Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address was like attending an anti-smoking seminar led by a spokesperson that takes intermittent smoke breaks. Obama chided, corrected and set out moral commands—none of which the President adheres to himself.

If followed in logical succession, the contradictions embodied in the State of Union were nothing less than stunning.  Obama treated America to seventy-one minutes of lies, half-truths, poor policy proposals and revisionist history, all things the nation has come to expect from our historic president.  Even more astonishing then the job bill, student loan and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” propositions was the President’s incongruous statements addressing political etiquette.

Woven throughout his misleading and deluded statements Obama graduated to unprecedented heights of insincerity.   For all intents and purposes, Obama set about collecting Newports and Virginia Slims in the chamber and then left the emergency exit open where those who hesitantly relinquished cigarettes witnessed Barry toking filterless Camels.

Take for instance the absurdity of Obama calling on George W. Bush to assist the Haiti Relief Fund. In the Rose Garden and in a show of solidarity Obama portrayed a united front with his predecessor.  Yet, at the State of the Union, Obama lit up under the No Smoking sign and dragged out ole’ Georgie to serve as fall guy for year of presidential inadequacy.

In one breath, Obama appointed Bush half a presidential team to oversee Haiti relief. In the next breath, Barack depicted Bush as an inept “torturer” devoid of values, solely responsible for “… two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt.”

Either Obama doesn’t recall what he says and does, or the President believes Americans lack the ability to draw a parallel between words and actions.

America should be reminded that Reverend Jeremiah Wright, an anti-Semite, racist preacher of the “Gospel” mentored Barack Obama. Barry spent twenty years at Oxymoronic University sitting under the tutelage of Right Reverend Wrong.  In the State of the Union homily Reverend Obama lectured on “peace and harmony,” then undermined the concepts in classic Trinity United Church of Christ-style.

Obama took repeated swats at Bush, the Senate, the Supreme Court and even members of Congress and then segwayed directly into chiding those who received presidential reproofs on how politicians should treat one and other.  Sorry, but one remark juxtaposed against the other reveals Obama’s state of mind borders on psychotic. Doesn’t Obama know that when teaching smoking cessation, you need to remove the nicotine patch before going out back to sneak in a couple of butts?  Overdosing on carcinogens has been proven to affect clear thinking.

For a decision upholding 1st amendment rights, the supposed Constitutional scholar openly chastised Supreme Court judges like unruly kindergarteners. Immediately following, the President steered the conversation toward righteous moralization. Barack subjected ensnared judges to “winner” statements like,  “We can’t wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side – a belief that if you lose, I win.”

“In the double bind there are two conflicting levels of communication and an injunction against commenting on the conflict.” Obama’s erratic statements are on par with a parent sending conflicting messages to schizophrenic offspring.

At the State of the Union, Obama repeatedly dragged out a bloody G.W. from behind the podium depicting Bush as irresponsible, thoughtless and negligent.  Obama strongly suggested America’s financial battle had its genesis in Bush’s, “recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy.” Then, Obama followed up his critical statements with petitions for political unity,

Washington may think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, no matter how malicious, is just part of the game.  But it’s precisely such politics that has stopped either party from helping the American people.  Worse yet, it’s sowing further division among our citizens, further distrust in our government.

In the address Barack Obama also hinted at Bush’s indecency and weakness saying, “In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength.” Obama implied Bush’s administration was both secretive and unaccountable saying, “…when we took that program [financial rescue program] over we made it more transparent and more accountable.” Can anyone say C-Span?

After mortifying Bush, and less than twenty-minutes later, Obama vowed to “start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.”

Obama did not leave out of the tirade self-rewarding CEO’s, or bankers risking America’s future for what the pious president defines as “selfish gain.”  The president included lobbyists “gaming the system” and politicians, other than himself, who “tear each other down instead of lifting this country up.”

The “working to change the tone of politics” President shared that “Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.  We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.” [Ahem]. After rebuking the crowd, Obama urged the same lousy, self-serving, ruthless politicians to work with him to “show the American people that we can do it together.”

Obama spoke to “smokers” at the seminar and then borrowed a lighter, excusing himself from kicking a habit he refuses to shake. The truest statement Obama made, while fostering a State of Disunion was, “I don’t quit!”   America is choking because every time Obama speaks a duplicitous scolding follows, then the President inhales deeply and blows second-hand smoke straight into the nations’s face.

The sanctimonious spreader of “quit-it,” refuses to do what he demands from everyone else. Hey Barry, “No wonder there’s so much cynicism out there. No wonder there’s so much disappointment.”

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